Class 5A Week 7 Rankings, Notes & Picks
Class 5A, Wk 7, 2021
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1. Pulaski Academy (5-1)
2. Wynne (5-1)
3. White Hall (5-2)
4. LR Christian (6-1)
5. Vilonia (6-0)
6. Greenbrier (6-0)
7. Camden Fairview (6-1)
8. Farmington (5-1)
9. Maumelle (3-4)
10. Nettleton (6-0)
11. Harrison (4-2)
12. Magnolia (2-5)
13. Valley View (4-2)
14. HS Lakeside (2-4)
15. Hot Springs (4-2)
16. Alma (3-3)
17. Brookland (3-3)
18. Greene Co. Tech (3-3)
19. Morrilton (2-4)
20. Batesville (2-4)
21. Texarkana (1-4)
22. Beebe (1-4)
23. Clarksville (1-5)
24. Jacksonville (1-5)
25. Hope (1-5)
26. Pea Ridge (1-4)
27. Watson Chapel (0-4)
28. Forrest City (1-5)
29. De Queen (1-5)
30. Paragould (0-5)
HOOTENS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Harrison at No. 5 Vilonia.
Harrison's reign for four straight conference championships will end this fall following losses to Farmington and Greenbrier, but the Goblins can still play spoiler. Harrison trailed Greenbrier 45-0 in the first half last week before losing 45-21. The Goblins gained 314 yards, but turned the ball over three times.
Vilonia searching for its first conference title since 2003. Eagle senior QB Austin Myers completed 22 of 25 passes for 319 yards and five TDs in last week's 35-0 win at Pea Ridge. Senior receiver Kannon Bartlett caught 10 balls for 201 yards and three TDs. Senior Jack Vines hauled in three balls for 53 yards and a TD, while Connor Eary caught another TD. The Eagle running attack has been solid when needed this fall, averaging more than 4 yards per carry.
Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 40-28 win over Russellville earlier this year.
Watch extended highlights of Vilonia’s 34-32 win over Maumelle earlier this year.
Hootens.com correctly predicted 11 of 14 games (79 percent). For the season, Hootens.com has predicted 114 of 131 games (87 percent).
WEEK 7 PREDICTIONS (favored team in ALL CAPS)
BEEBE (1) at Jacksonville: Improving Jacksonville hung with Maumelle for a half last week before losing 49-15. Beebe turned the ball over four times in last week's 36-7 loss to LR Christian 36-7.
Watch extended highlights of Beebe’s 49-12 win over Junction City earlier this year.
PULASKI ACADEMY (20) at Maumelle: Pulaski Academy pulled away from 21-21 tie with White Hall at halftime last week, outscoring the Bulldogs 42-7 after intermission. Senior QB Charlie Fiser tied his career-high with 383 yards passing, as the Bruins put up 590 yards. He's thrown for 1,992 yards and 25 TDs this fall.
Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-14 win over Liberty Christian (Texas) earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-28 win over White Hall earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Pulaski Academy vs Bryant (scrimmage). Watch highlights of Pulaski Academy’s 63-39 win over Madison Ridgeland, Mississippi earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 34-32 loss to Vilonia earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Maumelle’s 31-21 win over Sylvan Hills earlier this year.
WHITE HALL (23) at Watson Chapel: White Hall has beaten its neighbor three straight seasons, and has won 10 of the past 20 in the series. The Bulldogs forced two turnovers in the second half but gave up almost 600 yards in last week's 63-28 setback to Pulaski Academy. Watson Chapel lost at Pulaski Academy 64-8 Week 4.
Watch extended highlights of White Hall’s 14-10 win vs LR Christian earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of White Hall’s 35-0 win over Warren earlier this year. LR Christian is open.
WYNNE (13) at Batesville: These teams have combined to win or share 15 of the past 19 conference titles. Batesville has won nine of the past 15 in the series, but Wynne won 49-20 last season. The Yellowjacket D held Valley View to 124 yards and two field goals in last week's 21-6 victory.
Watch extended highlights of Wynne’s 35-13 win over West Memphis earlier this year.
Brookland at VALLEY VIEW (17): Valley View's offense struggled (124 yards) at Wynne. Senior linebacker Jaden Wells paced the Blazers vs. Wynne with 16 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two blocked punts. Brookland threw a 15-yard fourth-down TD pass with less than a minute left last week to shock GCT 17-14. Junior RB Joseph Wright also had a crucial second-half TD burst.
FORREST CITY (1) at Paragould: Forrest City has won 11 of the past 13 in the series, but Paragould notched a 35-0 decision last fall. The Rams haven't won since. Forrest City's only win this fall was 32-14 over winless Class 4A Helena Week 3. Paragould has been outscored an average of 42-7 in five losses.
Greene Co. Tech at NETTLETON (7): Nettleton has won eight of the past 13 in the series, but GCT escaped last fall 28-21. Greene Co. Tech must emotionally recover from last week's heart-breaking three-point loss in the final seconds to Brookland. Nettleton senior Koby Bradley ran for three first-half TDs in a 49-0 win at Paragould.
CAMDEN FAIRVIEW (36) at De Queen: Camden Fairview cruising to its first conference title since 2013. The Cardinals recovered three fumbles in last week's 19-point win over Magnolia. Senior Jacorea Brown ran 29 times for 207 yards and a pair of TDs.
Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 40-36 loss to El Dorado earlier this year. Watch extended highlights of Camden Fairview’s 44-25 win over Magnolia earlier this year. Hope at HS LAKESIDE (17): HS Lakeside has won 13 of the past 21 meetings with Hope, including seven straight by an average of 24 points. The Rams put up 406 yards in last week's 31-7 win at Texarkana. Senior QB Jordan Mills completed 16 of 26 passes for 251 yards and three TDs, while sophomore Kyler Wolf caught four passes for 104 yards and a TD. Hope didn't play last week and came within 17 points of Hot Springs in Week 5.
Hot Springs at MAGNOLIA (8): Magnolia fumbled two kickoffs and lost another fumble on offense in last week's 44-25 loss at Camden Fairview. Senior Deraylan Williams ran 15 times for 112 yards. Hot Springs blanked De Queen last week 50-0. Senior QB Isaac Shelor completed nine of 12 passes for 194 yards and three TDs.
Watch extended highlights of Magnolia’s 44-25 loss to Camden Fairview earlier this year. Texarkana is open.
Harrison at VILONIA (8): Hootens.com Class 5A Game of the Week.
Alma at MORRILTON (2): Alma has won three of its past four games, including last week at Clarksville 14-0. Morrilton's D allowed only one field goal in the opening three quarters last week before losing 15-0. Junior Jackson Dixon tallied 20 tackles at Farmington.
FARMINGTON (17) at Clarksville: Clarksville managed just 39 yards passing last week, a 14-0 loss to Alma. Farmington led Morrilton 3-0 in the fourth quarter last week before pulling away 15-0. Senior Caden Elsik ran for 168 yards and a TD. Senior Cooper Gardenhire, who missed the opening month with a hip injury, paced the Cardinals with three TFL's. Clarksville gave up just 14 points last week to Alma.
Pea Ridge at GREENBRIER (24): Unbeaten Greenbrier jumping on Harrison 45-0 in the first half last week before winning 45-21. The Panther D returned an interception for a TD. Senior QB Cooper Wilcox passed for 227 yards and four TDs and ran for 76 yards and another TD at Harrison. Pea Ridge has scored 12 points over the past two games.
Watch extended highlights of Greenbrier’s 55-47 win over Arkadelphia earlier this year.